Swallow Kite Plans?
by Eric Lemay
I was wondering if you might know where to find plans or any information that could help me figure out how to build a Swallow kite that is shaped like the ones that you can see in this YouTube video:
It does not have to be exactly this type of kite, but I would like to make something that is roughly shaped like those swallows. Just by looking at videos and pictures on the web, I have some basic idea of how it might be done, but I am not sure about the spars that seem to run from the middle of the wings down to the tips of the tail?
I am also hoping to build some kind of wooden spar and plastic bag Swallow kite first...
This was surprisingly hard! Even the great Kite Plan Base had nothing to offer except a Swallow fighter kite which it is in name only! Not what you are looking for.
However, here are 2 possible avenues for you to pursue...
A New Zealand kite-maker called Robert Van Weers might be able to help, since he has designed and tested a range of Swallow kites.
A good hardcover book is available which contains a Swallow kite design...
THE GREAT KITE BOOK by Norman Schmidt
Available from Barnes and Noble, and others. At a great range of prices, depending on condition!
Hope you can get somewhere with one of these directions!